While Ryan Murphy or anyone else on the “Glee” team has been staying silent for the past four days on the future of the show over the next two years, we’re instead having to hear whatever details we can courtesy of the guy hidden behind the curtain with the ominous floating head … otherwise known as Fox programming chief Kevin Reilly.
At the network’s upfront presentation event on Monday, Reilly explained the surprising move that has “Glee” taking a substantial hiatus in the spring in order to make way for the Greg Kinnear drama “Rake” for a time. What in the world is going on here? Basically, the easy answer is that there are only so many places on the schedule, and you want to give a strong new show a chance with a strong lead-in like “American Idol” (which is, of course, not the titan that it once was).
What may be more mind-bending to Gleeks is not the long hiatus next year that will push the end of season 5 until June. (Please let this mean that we’ll see Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, and some of the other actors doing summer scenes.) Instead, it’s that the show will make a pretty big creative shift between one half of the season and the other. Our guess? This is when Murphy will draw a line in the sand, possibly while singing, between McKinley High and the New York storyline. We’re not saying that one plot will end abruptly and the other continues, but the focus will be placed primarily on one individual setting for a change. It’s probably not good news for the massive “Glee” cast, but it’s great news for anyone (us included) who feels like this show has about a billion too many things happening every second.
While we talk about the show’s future, have you heard about what Michele and Cory Monteith are up to these days? It’s a sweet story, and one worth checking out.